The most dedicated of these individuals serve on the Executive Committee. Their contributions to the future of our program are the most valuable and honored assets of the organization.
Advisory Board – Executive Committee
Advisory Board – Directors and Key Members-at-Large
As part of a lifelong passion for art and education, Judy Holm has been immersed in the world of art fairs, biennials, galleries and museums for several decades.
Ms. Holm’s background includes twenty-five years of experience in arts and culture, direction of more than 60 art installations and 600 cultural events throughout the United States and Europe. Her career and education span fine art, opera, symphony, ballet, literature and film.
Founder of the Global Fine Art Awards, and director of the program for the past five years, she presides over the Advisory Board members and the Judges. GFAA has grown more than 100% each year since its inception, reviews over 2,000 exhibitions and installations every year, and has a team of forty researchers, judges and advisory board members from twenty countries on four continents. Recent highlights include developing cultural collaborations with Frieze, The Armory, and Masterpiece Fair.
Additionally, she developed an Art Concierge business in Venice, Italy for the Biennale 2011, and continues to consult with private art clients internationally. She served as Vice-Chair for the Miami Beach Chamber’s Arts and Culture Council from 2011 to 2014, and was the founding editor of the bi-weekly column Arts and Culture (PRE)View – (RE)View for the Miami Beach newspaper.
Previously, for fifteen years she worked with major financial institutions creating marketing programs and events integrating art, culture and education for Wells Fargo, Fidelity Investments, Charles Schwab and Citibank.
A native of San Francisco, currently residing in New York, she also worked in Paris, Venice and Miami. Ms. Holm received bachelor’s degrees with honors in Economics and French Literature from U.C. Berkeley, and an MBA from l’Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP).
Mr. Bradham is President of Sullivan Media Group, and Co-Founder of ClixTV – a new digital entertainment company that brings professional programming to the internet (launching 2019). He represents the most talented media marketing group in the industry with over 600 awards, including 5 Emmy Awards.
Sullivan Media Group has overseen the brand and marketing efforts for over 200 launches and re-launches of major media companies including: CBS, ABC, FOX broadcasting, Discovery Networks, Turner Broadcasting, HBO and Disney cable networks, DirecTV satellite DTH as well as several major new platforms introductions including HuLu, WebTV, AOL Plus and TiVo. They build national and international brands in all categories. Recent projects include major campaign launches for Direct TV, Ralph Lauren and Lexus.
Bradham was born in Michigan, and resides in Los Angeles.
Courtney Maier Burbela, GFAA Director of Partnerships and Sponsorships
Courtney Maier Burbela has specialized in marketing fine art organizations for nearly thirty years. Both strategic and creative, Ms. Burbela builds brands, fosters partnerships and stimulates business. She has worked both internally and as a consultant with galleries, auction houses and fine art logistics organizations to introduce new avenues of business through strategic alliances and partnerships.
She is currently based in the New York area and specializes in marketing and strategic partnerships at SRI Fine Art Services, a full-spectrum art logistics company.
Ms. Burbela is a graduate of Foxcroft School and holds a BA from Lehigh University, where she majored in Art History and Painting.
Ms. Francis received her MA in Cultural Leadership and Policy Management at City University in London; and has held senior marketing roles in major museums across three continents. She is currently Global Director of Flowers Galleries.
Ms. Francis served as the Director, Marketing, Communication and Visitor Services at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, where she was responsible for the successful launch of the museum, its media relations, global exposure, agency and community liaison nationally and internationally; audience growth, philanthropy and income generation.
Previously, she was the Executive Director, Marketing and Communications at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. For a long period in her career, Ms. Francis worked as Head of Press and Marketing at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. While at RA, she was in charge of marketing and communications activities for over 50 major exhibitions including blockbusters such as: David Hockney, Van Gogh, Anish Kapoor, Byzantium, From Russia, Summer Exhibition, China, Turks, Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection.
She was also the PR Executive at London and Provincial Antique Dealers Association; Head of Media Relations at the Victoria and Albert Museum; Head of Media Relations at the Royal College of Art; and, Director of Communication at the Drum Art Center; in addition to providing consulting services to a number of high profile organizations in Great Britain including the London Tourist Board and Royal Opera House.
Ms. Francis has been an Adjunct Lecturer at Drexel University; and served on several Boards including ICOM-US, Art-Table National, Philadelphia Arts and Business Council, Fleisher Arts Memorial (UK). She has been a member of Member Arts Council of England – London Regional Council and the National Consumer Council (UK).
Eleanor Goldhar, Partner, Vollmer Cultural Consultants Inc., GFAA Communications Committee Chair
Ms. Goldhar is a management executive in strategic planning, development, sponsorship, and communications marketing focused on cultural institutions including performing and visual arts, cultural urban development projects and encyclopedic and fine art museums and educational institutions.
She works with both non- and for-profit companies, and individual clients, in the U.S., Canada and Europe. She led the public re-launch of the Onassis Cultural Center New York featuring music, philosophy, and exhibitions of contemporary art and archaeological antiquities, including programs in other major New York City cultural venues.
Formerly, as the Deputy Director and Chief of Global Communications for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museums, Ms. Goldhar led all of the Guggenheim’s global initiatives. She directed Global Special Projects, Media and Public Relations, Marketing and Interactive departments including web redesign, digital and social media. She also led the Guggenheim New York’s 50th Anniversary year celebrations and the Google/YouTube Play global initiative.
As a member of the Guggenheim Executive Cabinet, Eleanor counseled the Director’s Office, the Board of Trustees, Curatorial, Development, Education, Legal and Visitor Services. High priority external clients included Google, BMW, UBS, The R.H.N. Ho Family Foundation, and both the Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA) and the Tourism Development Investment Corporation (TDIC) in Abu Dhabi.
Educated at York University and the University of Toronto, Goldhar is an accredited member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), from which she received the Gold Quill Award For Excellence.
Kimberly Lin, GFAA Art Research Committee Chair and GFAA Digital Committee
Kimberly Lin received a BA in Art History with an emphasis on modern and contemporary art from the University of California at Berkeley. In addition, she has a degree in fashion design from the Los Angeles campus at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and completed the program in Post War Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s in London.
She worked at Art Network Services in Tokyo for Japanese corporate and private clients and helped to bring live art auctions to Tokyo via satellite. Currently, she is Board member of the Magical Bridge foundation in Palo Alto which has built one of the first innovative inclusive playgrounds for children in the Bay Area and helps to support and design similar projects.
A collector of art and photography, Kimberly is an active museum attendee and an avid golfer. A native and current resident of Palo Alto, California, Kimberly previously lived with her family in New York, London and also resided in Tokyo for nine years.
Ms. Lu was born and raised in China. She holds her BBA degree in French language and literature from Southwestern University. As part of her studies, she lived in London and France, and traveled throughout Europe.
For the past two years, she has worked with premier galleries, artists and art fairs in New York, and is completing her Master’s degree at Sotheby’s Art Institute. Ms. Lu and recently finished an internship at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in their Membership Department.
Ekaterina Luki, GFAA Art Liaison Committee Chair
Originally from Odessa in the Ukraine, Ekaterina Luki currently resides in London, after living for many years in New York.
Ms. Luki studied Modern and Contemporary Art with Christies in London. She also studied Interior Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Mechnikov in Odessa.
She has a deep arts background with over fifteen years of experience of the global art market, as both program producer and curator.
Edie Meyer, GFAA Art Liaison Committee Co-Chair and Marketing Committee
Edie Meyer, a native New Yorker hailing from Long Island, currently heads the US Business Development for Vastari. Vastari, a London-based technology company that connects private art collections with museum curators in order to facilitate art loans, is also the presenter of GFAA’s Youniversal Award.
She began her career in marketing at The New Yorker magazine and subsequently worked for a number of technology start-ups. Ms. Meyer previously lived in London for nine years, specializing in Business Development for several art media companies including Art Asia Pacific Magazine, Louise Blouin Media and Art World magazine.
Ms. Meyer has a BA from Lehigh University and an MBA from Fordham University. She is on the boards of the Queens Botanical Gardens and The Waterfront Center, and an active member of ArtTable and POWarts.
Salwa Mikdadi, GFAA Advisory Board and Art Liaison
Salwa Mikdadi, Associate Professor, Practice of Art History, NYU Abu Dhabi, specializes in the history of modern and contemporary art of the Arab world. Prior to joining the NYUAD, Mikdadi worked at Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority where she established the professional development program for museum professionals including a customized executive program (2012 – 2014) and was a lecturer at the Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi in the postgraduate program – History of Art and Museum Studies (2010-May 2014).
Mikdadi was the Executive Director of the Arts and Culture Program at the Emirates Foundation in Abu Dhabi (2009-2012). She wrote the reference guide on the history of the twentieth-century art of West Asia, North Africa and Egypt for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Timeline web pages and is the editor and co-editors of several publications on the subject. She conducted research in Jordan, the West Bank, UAE, Syria and Lebanon on the governance and management of museums and art institutions. Mikdadi was the founding director of the Cultural & Visual Arts Resource/ICWA (1988-2006). She curated several exhibitions in the US and in Arab countries, including the ground-breaking Forces of Change (1994) and the first Palestinian Exhibition at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009) and recently co-curated Permanent Temporariness at NYUAD Gallery (2018). She is the author and co-editor of several publications, among them Cities and Legends: Elias Zayat (Skira 2017), New Visions: Arab Contemporary Art of the 21st Century(co-editor with Nada Shabout, Thames & Hudson 2009), Palestine c/o Venice (2009), In/Visible: Arab American Artists (2005), Rhythm and Form: Visual Reflections on Arabic Poetry (1998) and Forces of Change (1994).
She was the co-founder and director of the Cultural & Visual Arts Resource/ICWA, a non-for-profit organization dedicated to the study and exhibit of art of the Arab world in the United States (1988-2006). Mikdadi is a founding board member of the Association of Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab world, Iran and Turkey.
She received her B.A. from the American University of Beirut; and M.A. from J. F. Kennedy University
Ty Murphy, GFAA Advisory Board, UK Chair
Ty is a Family Office advisor and consultant. His non-profit work includes work with BAFTA where he sat on the management committee for two years. He also founded UFFO the Universal Film & Festival Organization which promotes best business practices to the industry, UFFO has 240 Film Festival members.
Deborah Najar, GFAA Art Liaison Committee
Deborah is the Founder of the JPNF (Jean-Paul Najar Foundation), a museum for Contemporary Art located in Dubai’s Alserkal Avenue. Among the first non-profits in the UAE, the JPNF came about as a partnership with Alserkal Avenue, from a desire to offer a diverse artistic experience, with strong emphasis on patronage, archives and western abstraction. Two years and eight exhibitions later, Deborah and her team pride themselves in curating a mixture of solo and group shows, publishing catalogues and hosting rich public programs for all audiences. Prior to this, she was the Middle East Representative for Bonhams, and the General Manager of De Beers Middle East. Deborah sits on the board of the Gstaad New Year’s Music Festival and heads up the Global Private Museum Network. She arrived in Dubai in 2004, is a graduate of the London School of Economics, and speaks four languages.
Bill Peters, GFAA Special Advisor
Bill Peters is Managing Director with Jones Lang LaSalle’s New York Corporate Services group, previously Managing Director at the Staubach Company. He is a thirty year veteran of the financial and commercial real estate industries, with areas of expertise that include providing office tenant representation with a focus on technology firms (e-commerce, advertising, media and information services), and the financial services industry (asset managers, hedge funds, banks, investment banks, insurance).
Throughout his career, he has represented a wide variety of clients with requirements ranging from office relocations to multi-site portfolio strategy.
Prior, Mr. Peters worked in the investment management sector, with positions as Financial Consultant at Merrill Lynch, Lebenthal & Co., and Drexel Burnham Lambert.
He is a New York native, and holds a BA in Business and Economics from Gettysburg College.
Dean Phelus, GFAA Judge
Dean Phelus is the Senior Director of Leadership Programs at the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).
In this capacity he oversees the editorial content for Museum magazine and a portfolio of programs and activities globally that foster a deeper understanding on best practices in museum programs and operations and the invaluable contribution museums make to society.
Prior to this position, he served for over a decade as director of the AAM annual meeting and professional development where he provided direction and oversight of the AAM annual meeting–the largest museum convening in the world, attracting 5,000-6,000 museum professionals from over 50 countries, and offering multilingual educational content in Arabic, Mandarin, Spanish—and other face-to-face and virtual professional development programs to strengthen core competencies in museum practice.
In his tenure he has had extensive exposure to numerous exhibitions in the US and around the world which have informed his thinking on exhibitions and the visitor experience.
He received a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from the American University in Washington, DC.
Betsie Piussan, GFAA Nominating Committee Chair
A native of New York, Betsie Piussan received a B.S. Degree from Stanford University in social sciences and second concentration in French. She also studied at l’Université de Paris and l’Ecole du Louvre.
She completed her MBA at NYU Graduate School of Business. After graduating, she worked for nine years at Republic National Bank of New York, specializing in international lending.
Mrs. Piussan subsequently founded her interior design firm, Bremer Designs, after earning a Design Certificate from New York School of Interior Design. She specializes in renovations in NYC, Westchester, Connecticut and The Hamptons.
A long-time resident of Manhattan, Mrs. Piussan currently resides in Miami Beach with her French husband and children.
Stefano Rabolli Pansera, GFAA Advisory Board and Art Liaison Committee
Stefano Rabolli Pansera, Senior Director at Hauser and Wirth Gallery, is an Italian architect and curator. He studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, graduating with Honours in 2005.
After working at Herzog & de Meuron between 2005 and 2007, Rabolli Pansera returned to the Architectural Association to teach. He has lectured in Cagliari, Cambridge, Naples, Wuhan, Seoul, Rejkyavik and Madrid.
Alongside Paula Nascimento, Rabolli Pansera curated the first Angola Pavilion at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, and the Angola Pavilion at the 55th International Arts Exposition – La Biennale di Venezia, a project that won the Golden Lion for Best National Participation.
With Jonida Turani, Rabolli Pansera curated “Potential Monuments of Unrealized Futures”, the Albanian Pavilion at the 56th International Art Exposition – La Biennale di Venezia in 2014 and the Architectural Association in London in 2015.
Hedva Ser’s body of internationally recognized work includes tapestries, watercolors, and jewelry, but she is best known for her powerful sculptures. Ms. Ser’s monumental bronzes have become symbols of peace, tolerance, and intercultural outreach around the world.
Hedva Ser is one of Europe’s pioneers using art in the goal of creating social progress. Over the years, her work has provided focus and physical connection to her efforts to build peace through art. Ms. Ser is the recipient of the prestigious Legion d’Honneur and the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres awarded by the French government.
In 2011, UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, similarly honored Hedva Ser, naming her a UNESCO Artist for Peace. Hedva speaks through her art with an eloquence that has placed her among the rare artists that has successfully brought people together to reflect and discuss some of the most difficult issues of our times, and continues to use her art to transmit the message of peace to new generations.
Through her exhibitions all over the world, Ms. Ser has placed her art at the service of peace, of which her monumental sculpture, ‘Tree of Peace,’ has become an emblem.
Lawrence Shindell is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, LMI Group International, Inc., and former Chairman of ARIS Title Insurance Corporation, the title insurer to the global art industry.
Mr. Shindell is a lawyer by profession and holds licenses in a number of U.S. jurisdictions including admission to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. He regularly advises, speaks and writes internationally on the legal title risks inherent in the global art and collectibles market for a range of industry stakeholders including the institutional commercial, not‐for‐profit, audit‐accountancy, legal advisory, financial services, D&O/E&O insurance and private equity and alternative asset investment fund sectors. Mr. Shindell has provided expert testimony of first‐impression in matters before the United States Tax Court on the interrelationship among legal title, valuation and tax questions involving tangible personal property.
LMI Group International, Inc., is a specialty firm that provides complex investment bank-like services to the international art industry primarily in the form of underwriting the market release of major orphaned artworks.
Viktoria (Viki) Szanto, GFAA Young Visionaries and Marketing Committees
A native of Hungary, Ms. Szanto is a Master’s candidate in Arts and Culture Management at King’s College London. She received her BA in Art History and Comparative Literature student at the University of St. Andrews, where among other activities, she was a columnist for the school magazine and contributing writer for their art publication.
As part of her studies, she spent time abroad at Leiden University in the Netherlands, within various departments from Documentary film to Southeast Asian art.
She has volunteer and had internship experience at Christies’ London, the Scottish National Trust and St. Andrews Preservation Trust Museum.
Peter Trippi is Editor-in-Chief of Fine Art Connoisseur, the bimonthly magazine that serves collectors of historical and contemporary representational painting, sculpture, drawings, and prints.
He is also president of Projects in 19th-century Art, Inc., the firm he established to pursue a range of research, writing, and curating opportunities.
Trippi holds a MA from New York University in Visual Arts Administration, as well as a MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.
As director of New York’s Dahesh Museum of Art, Trippi guided its renovation of the former IBM Gallery and presentation of nine exhibitions of 19th-century European art. In 2002, Phaidon Press published Trippi’s 250-page monograph J W Waterhouse, which reassesses the Victorian painter and Royal Academician best known for his Lady of Shalott at Tate Britain. Trippi went on to guest-curate the Waterhouse retrospective that appeared at the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands, London’s Royal Academy of Arts, and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
He recently co-curated a touring exhibition about the Victorian painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema, which opened in 2016 at the Fries Museum, in the artist’s Dutch native city, Leeuwarden and traveled to several additional locations. In 2013, Trippi completed a two-year term as president of the nonprofit organization Historians of British Art, and then became president of the Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art.